Eggplant Sloppy Joes

In an ideal world, sloppy joes wouldn’t leave you in a food coma. Well, I’m proud to introduce you to the healthy version you’ve been waiting for. Instead of high-carb burger buns, make the even tastier alternative of baked eggplant slices to cover that tender, messy beef.

Eggplant Sloppy Joes

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Protein: Beef
Cut: Ground Beef
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 pack ButcherBox Ground Beef
  • 1 green pepper medium dice
  • 1 small yellow onion medium dice
  • 1 c tomato sauce
  • ½ c Paleo ketchup
  • 1/4 c cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • c honey
  • 2 eggplants into 8-12 round 1” slices


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Preheat sauté pan and add ground beef. Sauté beef until it is 50% browned. Add onions and peppers to ground beef. 
  • Once the ground beef has completely browned and onions are translucent add remaining ingredients and let simmer for 20 minutes.  Stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, toss eggplant with olive oil, salt and pepper. Sear both sides for 3 minutes per side in a hot grill pan or sauté pan.
  • Place eggplant on baking sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Remove eggplant from oven, and let cool for 3 minutes. Assemble sloppy joes, using the eggplant slices to sandwich the meat mixture. You’ll need a fork and knife for this one. Enjoy!
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Emilie Abijanac

Emilie Abijanac is a chef and Manager of the ButcherBox Test Kitchen. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute with over 20 years of catering experience in Boston. Emilie was the sous chef for East Meets West Catering and has worked with Kate’s Table and La Fête.